Matt Hancock suppresses tears in the House of Commons when he reveals his step-grandfather died of Covid last month as the Minister of Health issues an emotional plea for new rules to be followed
- Matt Hancock revealed in the House of Commons that his step-grandfather had died of Covid
- Health minister said his family member caught the disease in Liverpool
- He suppressed tears as he told MPs: "We must defeat the coronavirus together."
Matt Hancock suppressed tears in the House of Commons tonight when he revealed that his step-grandfather died of coronavirus last month.
The Minister of Health made an emotional appeal to the nation to stick with Boris Johnson's new Covid-19 system due to roll out across England tomorrow.
Mr Hancock said that when the disease "gets out of hand, it grows exponentially, hospitals come under pressure and people die".
He said "this is not just speculation" because the virus affected thousands of families, including his own, as he paid tribute to his step-grandfather, Derek, who passed away on Nov. 18.
Mr. Hancock told MPs that by working in the "spirit of common humanity" the country can "beat" this, adding, "We must beat it together."
Matt Hancock suppressed tears in the House of Commons tonight when he revealed that his step-grandfather had recently died of coronavirus
MPs voted tonight to introduce Mr Johnson's new animal system as Tory was causing a great stir over the draconian curbs.
Mr Hancock was tasked with ending the debate for the government and he made a personal plea for compliance with the new rules when he referred to an outbreak in Liverpool that has now been brought under control.
He said, “We know from repeated experience what happens when this virus gets out of hand.
“When it gets out of hand, it grows exponentially, hospitals come under pressure and people die.
“This is not just speculation, but a fact that has affected thousands of families, including my own.
“We talk a lot about the outbreak in Liverpool and how this great city had a terrible outbreak and got it under control.
“That means more to me than I can say because my step-grandfather Derek caught Covid there last month and died on November 18th.
“In my family, as in so many others, we have lost a loving husband, a father, a grandfather to this terrible disease.
“From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank everyone in Liverpool for bringing this terrible virus under control.
& # 39; It's down four fifths in Liverpool. We can do this if we work together in a spirit of common humanity.
“We have to beat that. We have to do it together. & # 39;
The MPs voted 291 against 78 votes and a majority of 213 votes in favor of Mr Johnson's new animal system.